SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- Tourism to the Dominican
Republic from the U.S. is on the rise, according to statistics
reported by the Central Bank of the Dominican Republic.
Statistics show that North American visitors account for close
to 46% of all tourists to the destination.
Totals from the U.S. reached 381,725 for the first half of 2001,
up 14% compared with 328,284 during the same period in 2000.
Ramon Prieto, president of the National Association of Hotels
and Restaurants (Asonahores), attributed the growth to the slowdown
of the U.S. economy, making the short-haul destination more